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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 5 September 1932Melrose Park, Illinois, USA
Birth NameCarol Maria Laraia

Mini Bio (2)

Singer-actress Carol Lawrence earned widespread stardom quite early in her singing career with the immortal role of Maria in the Broadway musical "West Side Story." However, that success would not parlay into film stardom for Carol as established star Natalie Wood, in spite of the fact that she would need to be vocally dubbed by Marni Nixon, had the requisite clout to play Maria in the classic 1961 film version. Carol, however, endured as a celebrity and marched on from Broadway stage to Broadway stage to the tune of "Subways Are for Sleeping," "Saratoga," "I Do! I Do!" and "Kiss of the Spiderwoman." The dark, vivid beauty also stayed alive in clubs, cabarets, concerts and summer stock stages opposite then-husband, singer Robert Goulet, as a highly popular couple in the 60s. Born Carolina Maria Laraia in 1932, the Chicago-born hopeful started out as a singer/dancer in the chorus lines and made her Broadway debut with the "New Faces of 1952." Though Carol never matched the success brought on by her "West Side Story" role, she managed quite well with numerous TV guest spots and commercials that has welcomed her warm, inviting presence and graceful style. At age 70+, she continues to freshen up her durable talents, most recently on stage in "Amy's View" and the title role of "Mame." Carol has kept busy over the years as a talk show host and author, publishing her biography in 1990 and recently putting out a cook book.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Carol Lawrence defines the term "Triple Crown". An actress, singer and dancer of the first magnitude, she created the role of "Maria" in the Leonard Bernstein/Jerome Robbins Broadway classic, "West Side Story". She went on to star in numerous other Broadway productions, including "Saratoga", "Subways Are For Sleeping", "Nightlife", "I Do, I Do", and "Kiss Of The Spiderwoman". She has also starred in national tours of "Funny Girl", "The Unsinkable Molly Brown", "The Sound Of Music", "Sweet Charity", "No, No, Nanette", "Woman Of The Year" and "Sugar Babies". It is easy to see why this Italian girl from Melrose Park, Illinois, is well deserving of her star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame; the first recipient ever in the category of "Live Theatre".

Carol received rave revues in Los Angeles productions of "Do I Hear A Waltz?," "Follies," and "Amy's View," for which she received The Los Angeles Drama Critics Award. She also broke box-office records for her stellar performance in the title role of "Mame". Carol headlined both the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies and the newly created Florida Follies.

As a regular on ABC's General Hospital (1963), she played loving Italian matriarch "Angela Eckart", and on Touched by an Angel (1994) she gave a heartwarming portrayal of a woman facing death. Carol has also played leading roles on such shows as The Commish (1991) and a dramatic diva on Murder, She Wrote (1984). Other TV appearances include musical variety shows, guest roles on Sex and the City (1998), Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993), Murder One (1995), Matt Houston (1982), Hotel (1983), The Love Boat (1977) and Simon & Simon (1981). She appeared as a recurring character on Flipper (1995), shot in Australia. For three years Carol hosted her own biweekly TV magazine/talk show, "The Carol Lawrence Show", which she wrote and produced for the Trinity Broadcasting Network. The show's theme song, "In His Spotlight", set the stage for spotlighting celebrities, cooking, nutrition, fashion, exercise, children, music and other topics.

By hosting five shows on the popular series "Chef du Jour" for the Food Network, Carol was able to share the secret recipes for her cookbook, "I Remember Pasta", a Harvest House publication. In 1998 she set a new record for cookbook sales on the Home Shopping Network. Hand in hand with her cookbook is her interest in fitness, nutrition, health and exercise. Her aerobic/ dancercise video, "Broadway Body Workout" is set to Broadway music and reflects her love of dance and fitness. Her autobiography, "Carol Lawrence, The Backstage Story", was released by McGraw-Hill.

She has performed with all the major symphonies throughout the United States and Canada, and also spanned the globe entertaining on all the major cruise lines. Her concert act, a multimedia biographical show backed by a 12-piece orchestra, continues to dazzle crowds everywhere.

Carol has received both Tony and Grammy Award nominations, as well as numerous humanitarian awards including City of Hope's "Woman of the Year" and "The Spirit of Life Award". Her award-winning television commercials for General Foods' International Coffees are classic examples that the name Carol Lawrence is synonymous with good taste.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Brian Gendece / brianent@earthlink.net (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (3)

John Gregory Guydus (7 March 1982 - 12 December 1984) (divorced)
Robert Goulet (12 August 1963 - 23 December 1980) (divorced) (2 children)
Cosmo Allegretti (13 January 1956 - 30 January 1959) (annulled)

Trivia (8)

Was nominated for Broadway's 1958 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for "West Side Story."
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 6211 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Ex-stepmother of Nicolette Goulet.
Gave birth to her 1st child, a son Christopher Goulet, with her now late ex-2nd husband Robert Goulet.
Gave birth to her 2nd child, a son Michael Goulet, with her now late ex-2nd husband Robert Goulet.
Release of her autobiography, "Carol Lawrence: The Backstage Story" by Carol with Phyllis Hobe.
Appearing with Donna McKechnie in the play "Girl's Room" at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, California. [October 2008]
Won rave reviews opposite Broadway's Donna McKechnie in the Pre-Broadway tour of the play "Girl's Room". [December 2007]

Personal Quotes (1)

[on childhood] The trick for grown-ups is to make the effort to recapture what we knew automatically as children.

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